Leather products from Ethiopia

During the last 2 decades, we have seen a sharp increase in European Union (EU) imports of leather and leather products. In particular, there has been an increase in imports of chrome-free leather products and footwear. Ethiopia is well-known for its finished leather, and the Ethiopian value chain has huge potential for export growth and employment creation. Relevant international and governmental initiatives (PUM, Solidaridad, Stahl and MVO NL) also offer good collaboration opportunities to position Ethiopia as a sustainable sourcing destination.

CBI offers technical assistance through a practical Business Export Coaching project. This project is for (aspiring) exporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from Ethiopia. It also involves cooperation with different Business Support Organisations in the leather products sector.

Project goals

  • To offer technical assistance through a practical Business Export Coaching project for (aspiring) exporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the leather products sector from Ethiopia.
  • To cooperate with Business Support Organisations on capacity development in the export-enabling environment  

Project participants and products

Products include handbags, gloves, accessories and footwear.

A total of 14 companies are taking part in this export coaching project:

Name of company

B.A.E. Export and Foreign Trade Auxiliary (Sabegn)

Davimpex Enterprise Bahirdar Tannery PLC

Dingo Leather Bags

Entoto Beth Artisan

K&T Trading PLC

Kabana Leather

Kootkeet Trading PLC

Leather Exotica

Modern Zege Leather Products Industry

Root in Style | TAKE-ET Trading PLC

Sammy Hand Made Ethiopia

Shir-shir Ethiopia

Tibeb Leather Works

Yohannes Bekele Enterprise

You can contact CBI to find out more.


  • The Ethiopian Leather Industries Association (ELIA);
  • The Leather Industry Development Institute (LIDI);
  • CAWEE; and
  • The Ministry of Trade and regional Integration.  


CBI is organising a Market Orientation Mission for the participating companies and partners in Milan, Italy, in September 2022.

For questions or more information please contact us at consumer@cbi.eu

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